Today is soul singer Al Green’s 70th birthday.
And what better way to appreciate him than by having one of his own fans perform a (slight) homage?
President Obama did just that in 2012, on an apparent dare, after Green performed at a fundraising event that Obama attended. To raucous applause, the president sang a line from one of Green’s most well-known songs, “I’m Still in Love With You,” from 1972.
“Don’t worry, Rev., I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation,” he said.
Obama has sung in front of crowds before – his rendition of “Amazing Grace,” in June last year after the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston became a symbol for the resilience of the victims in the wake of a horrific attack.
President Obama isn’t afraid to sing when he’s moved. Screengrab from the Associated Press/YouTube